["We've Done It All"]
Things We've Done
They met on a Sunday in March 1946 at a tea party-dance in Richmond, VA where Marjorie was
completing her college degree in Fine Arts at RPI, an extension of William
Ellis, who worked as an engineer/scientist at the NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics; predecessor of NASA) in Hampton VA, had taken a train to
Richmond where he met Marjorie at the party. They were engaged in June and
married in Chattanooga, Marjorie’s birth place, 28 July, 46
Their first home was an apartment in Hampton where Ellis
was an aeronautical engineer at the NACA, Langley Field. Here they are with a
group of friends at an outing. Their
special friends in Hampton were the Savages and the Gales who later joined them
for their 50th wedding anniversary.
Ron came along on 28 Feb 50 and their little family was on
its way. They moved out of their
one-bedroom flat in Hampton to a “spacious” two-bedroom apartment in Newport
News. By this time they had a car of their own: a 49 Ford!
In May 51, they moved to Levittown, NY, where Ellis began
work for Fairchild Aircraft Guided Missile Division. After a year, they rented a small house on St Marks Lane in Islip
(farther out on the island). They were
very happy there and decided to build a home nearby. Marjorie and Ellis were thrilled to finally have their own home
(below), but, unfortunately, Fairchild began to lose business. In May 55, Ellis was offered a promising
position by North American Aviation in Downey, CA and, so after one year in
their new home, they moved toCalifornia.
As Marjorie was about to give birth to her second child,
she traveled to Dalton, GA, to be with her parents where on, 24 June 55, Dan
was born. Ellis, meantime, had found a
house on Penn St. in Whittier and, so by July 55, the family was reunited. The family enjoyed nearby Penn Park and became
good friends with the Ehlers family who lived nearby. On occasion there were trips to Baja, Mexico, to the beaches and
to nearby mountains. But a special
treat was being able to visit with Ellis’s parents who had moved to Los Angeles
back in 51. By 20 Sep 58, Paul rounded
out the happy family
In May 60, Ellis was offered a substantial promotion by
Hughes Aircraft in Culver City. As the
commute from Whittier was difficult, on Labor Day 60, the family moved into
their present home on Hayvenhurst Drive in Encino.
Encino became a
very happy home for the family. They became active members of Temple Judea,
made many friends, explored the beautiful mountains and seacoasts and have been
blessed with health and prosperity.
In 1963 Ellis returned to North American Aviation as an
engineering manager on the Apollo [NASA's Manned Lunar Landing] Program
During all the years of raising her family, Marjorie had put off her love for creating fine art. Now...she took up her her brushes and began to display and sell her works in local art galleries. The photo is of Marjorie standing before her self-portrait at a local art show.
There were many happy moments with friends…their Havurah
group from Temple Judea (below on an outing to Napa Valley) and Marjorie’s
Investorette stock (and social) club
Walking and hiking were always a part of their lives. They have hiked the High Sierra, the
Cotswold’s (England), the Swiss Alps, and trails in Spain
And there were adventurous driving trips through the UK,
France, Spain, Italy, Sicily, and Switzerland.
Here on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, they enjoy a scene with their friends, the
…And their sons grew and prospered. Ron became a Memphis entrepreneur and
businessman, Dan created a successful advertising company, and Paul became an
…And here is where their “cup did truly runneth
over”! Their sons gave to Marjorie and
Ellis three darling daughters: Susan, Michelle and Tina who brought beauty and
love into their family… and four grandchildren: Byron, Elysa, Erica and
Joelle. And Byron, with Dearest
Susanne, living in Atlanta, has now added a great grandson, Cameron, while
Elysa has married Dan Simone and lives in Portland, OR.
But the most wonderful moment of all for the happy couple
was their children’s gift of their 50th Wedding party held at the Calabasas
Country Club. It was a festive occasion
with their family and friends from far and wide.
Yes…and for sixty-six “story book” years, Marjorie and
Ellis have lived…and do live…a “Love Story”